Writing this blog has been a fun personal discipline.  I am grateful that my son suggested it to me.  He and his wife got me started and it has been a great ride.

When he first suggested the idea, I didn’t even know what a blog was.  Naturally, I asked him what he was talking about, wondering if he was pulling my leg.  He sent me to the world-wide web for some familiarity training.

I had entered into an amazing world of words, ideas, opinions, imagination, creativity and fun.  Several blogs captured my attention.  Of course I avoided certain subjects.

Slowly an idea began to take shape in my mind.  The more that I read, the more that I visualized a purpose for a blog that I would write.  With the end in mind, I looked for a means to reach that objective.

My initial efforts at writing were stiff, rigid and hesitant.  I can see those features when I reread my earliest writings.  Slowly, writing became less of my concern and a free-flowing expression of thought began to develop.

Over time I learned and learned and learned.  I paid more attention to the writing of others.  My purpose shaped my writing.

Now, after years of this personal discipline I am amazed.  WordPress noted that on December 1, 2011 this blog reached a historic level.  Overall, this site had received 500,000 hits. 

It is monumental for me.  This is a hobby, a pastime, a personal discipline.  You have blessed me by stopping in for a visit. 

All of us are on a journey.  My interest is in your spiritual pilgrimage.  So many of us travel that road alone. 

While faith is definitely personal, seeking advice of others, counsel from the experienced or encouragement from kind hearts makes good sense.  That is what my goal is with this simple presentation.  Like a cup of cool water and a respite on the journey, I desire to cheer on the spirit, encourage the progress and pass on the wisdom others have given to me.

Thanks for joining me on so many of our forays through life.  Some of you are frequent visitors.  Some have a regular alert for all of my new postings.

Whatever or whenever you can stop by I want you to know that I appreciate you.  It has often surprised me that I cannot NOT write.  May we all see His grace and mercy on our journey with Jesus as our LORD.

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